Greene and Greene Wall Lamp

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Project by GBS posted 09-29-2010 04:33 PM 9141 views 17 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Greene and Greene Wall Lamp
Plans: Woodsmith
Material: Mahogany with Ebony Accents. Genuine Mica sheet
Finish: Clear Poly, Semi-Gloss
Size: 14” high at the back mount and about 7” square in the top. The lamp body is 9” high and about 5” square.

I made this Lamp to replace the wall-mounted front lamp next to the front door on my house. The first photo is a test-run with a workshop light inside just to show the effect of the lighting. Now it’s mounted on my house. This was my first try at Greene and Greene styling, especially the ebony accents. I always admired the style and after studying the Greene Bros I was inspired to build this piece. I used genuine amber mica sheets for the lamp “glass” and I’m very pleased with the amber glow it gives off. I have included a couple photos of the lamp pre-finish to show the raw wood.

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#1 posted 09-29-2010 05:11 PM

Very nice indeed. How do you keep the mica sheets in place?

-- Chris Boreham, Oxfordshire, UK - -

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#2 posted 09-29-2010 10:37 PM

I have been looking for a G&G project, but not sure I have the skill set or tools to do one, yet. This design maybe a good start for me. Thanks for posting. I wonder if i could extend this out to make a stand alone lamp to go by a chair for the living room. May I ask where you got your glass from? Do most glass companies have this kind of glass?

-- Someday I will be more than a sawdust wisperer

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#3 posted 09-30-2010 12:01 AM

Beautiful styling and mica glazing to boot. Very nice job.

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#4 posted 09-30-2010 01:59 AM

Thanks folks. I secured the mica sheets by routing a shallow groove in the back of the top and bottom frame pieces. The sides are just a precise fit. I secured the mica to the wood with CA glue.

Manasseh – it’s not exactly glass that I used in the lamp, its mica which is a flaky mineral. I used mica with an amber tint which I got from You would want the amber mica. Mica is also available in clear form and sometimes it’s used for electrial applications like capacitors or insulators. The mica sheet I used was 1/16” thick or so, and I was able to cut it by repeatedly scoring it with a utility knife. Eventually it cuts clear through.

Also, plans are Woodworkers Journal, not Woodsmith!

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#5 posted 10-01-2010 03:57 PM

FANTASTIC! I think I’m in love! (With your work, not with you. My wife wouldn’t approve.)

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#6 posted 10-02-2010 07:31 AM

LOVE Greene & Greene! You have done a wonderful job here.

-- Darrell B.

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#7 posted 10-21-2010 03:22 AM

Lovely G&G piece. I really like the way the ebony plugs and splines show off the mahogany to such great effect.

-- SteveL

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#8 posted 04-16-2011 05:08 PM


Beautiful lamp. Can you remember which issue of WW Journal it was in?

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